Although Jon Rahm is not as high up the standings in the PGA Championship as he would like to be, he has the backing of probably the greatest man in the history of golf, Jack Nicklaus.
The ‘Golden Bear’ has entered the debate about who is the best in the world right now.
“It’s very debatable,” the 18-time major champion said in a Q&A with The New York Times.
“I think Rory McIlroy is the one who I would have said probably is the best player in the world, but then Rory doesn’t even make the cut at the Masters.
“How does the best player in the world miss the cut at the first major?”
Nicklaus said he still has to wait to see if any player will define an era, but when asked who is the closest to being the next Nicklaus or Tiger, he did not hesitate for a moment.
“Rahm would be the closest,” he replied instantly.
“I have followed [Rahm‘s] play from when he first started.
“I’ve always thought that he plays very smart golf.
“He played much the way I did: left to right, and played much for the power game.
“I like what he does. I like the way he goes about it.
“He’s got a little bit of fire in him. He can get mad, which is OK because it usually helps him.
“Some guys get mad and it destroys them, but it seems to help him.”